Rhythm Blog | Business Coaching

by Patrick Thean and the Rhythm Team

The Right Coach Can Bring Out the Best in You and Your Business

Alan Gehringer Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

Two-thirds of CEOs don’t receive any outside advice on their leadership skills, and yet almost all would be receptive to suggestions from a coach. These stats are from a Stanford University/The Miles Group survey.

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The Greatest Superhero Coach of All Time - It Takes a Village

Chris Cosper Thu, Nov 13, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

I’ve been a business growth coach for almost a decade, and before that, I was a CEO who had a coach. At Rhythm Systems, I’m the head of coaching, so I also have the privilege of working alongside some of the most excellent coaches I’ve ever met. I understand coaching. I get the difference between a consultant and a coach. I appreciate the power of listening, questioning, encouraging and challenging. I believe that a good coach can have a tremendously positive impact on the performance of an individual, a team and an entire organization.

Are You Effectively Coaching Your Team?

Alan Gehringer Mon, Oct 20, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

For those of you that have children, you have no doubt experienced the effect a good or bad coach has on your child’s success in sports.   I have had my kids refuse to participate on certain teams just based on who was coaching.  I watched my one son flourish because one of his swim coaches really knew how to connect with him and bring the best out of him.  When he moved away, it took a year for my son to adjust to a new coach.

So how are you doing as coach for your team?  Jim Collins has taught us to get the right people on the bus and then find the right seats for them.  Good advice, although once there, how do we retain these “A” players and help them maximize their potential?

"A good coach will make his players see what they can be rather than what they are."

Ara Parasheghian

How Do You Coach and Develop Your Team to Manage a Company Twice the Size?

Patrick Thean Fri, Nov 1, 2013 @ 09:30 AM

How do you grow and develop your team as your company grows? Are you grooming your people to play key leadership roles in a business twice the size of your current company? You should be. If your business is growing at 26%, you will double in 3 years. If you are growing at 15%, you will double in 5 years. Three to 5 years goes by really quickly. Before you know it, your company will be twice the size it is today, with twice the revenue and twice the people. And, if your leadership team is unable to manage a company 2X your size, you will have no choice but to replace them if you want to continue on your path of growth. Replacing folks who got you here is very tough. The journey changes. Your joy index changes. And your history and tribal knowledge walks out with them as well. It is never the first choice to change out your team. It is always the last choice, and it is thrust upon most company leaders because they did not take the time to grow and develop their team.  

Taking Your Leadership to the Next Level by Removing the Limiting Habits

Alan Gehringer Tue, Sep 10, 2013 @ 10:41 AM

Do you ever ask yourself if what got you here will get you where you want to grow as a leader or entrepreneur?  I find myself asking that question and I have clients asking for help to make them more effective leaders.  As I continue on my own quest to improve and grow, I came across this book written by Dr. Marshall Goldsmith.  Marshall is recognized as one of the world’s best leadership thinkers and executive coaches.  He has written 32 books; the one I am reading now is “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There.

S-C-O-R-E the Attention of Your Executive Team or Board

Barry Pruitt Wed, Jan 30, 2013 @ 02:56 PM

You’ll be tempted to share the background story and details that lead to this moment with your executive team, board, or bank. You’ll have a lot that you want to say – and this may be your best time to share it. But if you want them to hear, you must get to their needs and questions quickly.

5 Patterns of Executive Team Success

Barry Pruitt Thu, Jan 10, 2013 @ 02:42 PM

Have you ever seen a coach become so frustrated with a player’s performance that he rushed onto the field, pulled the player aside, and said, “stand over here…I’m going to do this for you”? Even when frustrated beyond words – at the height of desperation - a coach follows the rules of sport and doesn’t interfere with play. Additionally, it is against the psychology of player development.

Coaches, even those that were once superstars, understand that when they figuratively change hats, take out the clipboard, and slip on the whistle, their job changed. Their primary function and value is assisting, even guiding, and perhaps “forcing” individual player growth and development.  To succeed, the coach must create structured action plans with a clear mission, and offer practice and feedback that prepare the player to perform at their maximum level consistently and proficiently.

Three Indicators That You Should Topgrade Your Data

Barry Pruitt Tue, Jan 8, 2013 @ 09:48 PM

I’ve been reading the latest publication from Verne Harnish, The Greatest Business Decisions of All Time, and was reminded of several recent client discussions – discussions specifically about data. I once heard from a CIO, “in God we trust … but all others bring data!” If you, too, have discovered that data can help you improve operations, have you overdone it? Or, to put it in the language of, Brad Smart, Topgrading is your data a “C” player that deserves to be replaced with an “A” player?

Think about it. The clients and teams that I consult with saw major productivity improvement in 2012 by replacing their “C” players with “A” players. The same is true of your data – moving to “A” data will help you more effectively execute strategy.

Annual Planning: The Power of a Great Facilitator

Tiffany Chepul Thu, Oct 4, 2012 @ 09:09 PM

Annual Planning is one of the most important things you and your executive team will do this Fall.  It sets the stage for the next year and is usually the session with the most difficult (and necessary!) strategic discussion.  Here are some advantages to bringing in some outside help:

- Free up your brain.  As CEO, it's tough to both facilitate and participate.  Free up your brain for more strategic thinking and have someone else worry about the projector, schedule, and content.